One thing's for sure, whenever there's a new launch or opening...I always expect high prices with high quality craftsmanship. Luckily for us that's not the case with SRM Couture, low prices AND handmade embroidery...all done in house. From fabric dying, block printing, handmade embroidery to custom tailoring...the atelier has it all!
SRM Couture is led by Syeda Raafia Mamujee, who's an absolute gem! She is genuinely such a sweetheart and has such a beautiful vision for her atelier. I loved meeting her and understanding why she created her atelier really inspired me! She is such a warm soul and her work speaks for itself. Her attention to detail is everywhere from the décor of the clients waiting room to perfect stitch of her fabrics.
With a price point starting at 1,000PKR up to 3,000PKR for hand embroidered suits, you can find them at her location in Gulshan. You can visit her by an appointment to get your own custom suits made. I can't wait to visit her again!
Color Studio Professional are back with a range of products featuring a White Perfection formula perfect for Summer. The range includes a Powder, BB Creams and a Matt Primer for a fairer, brighter and oil-free makeup. I did a first impression on my Instagram if you haven't checked it out. I've been testing these out for a few weeks, with the temperature rising these past few months makeup has been melting off my skin.
So how did the White Perfection range last on me? Lets find out!
White Perfection BB Cream Description:
All in one whitening bb cream adapts to your skin for a spotless radiance. Active ingredients Vitamin C and Chromocare provide whitening and brightening action. Its 3-in-1 formula helps correct, conceal and provides instant coverage.
If most BB Creams are too oily or greasy for your skin type, this is the most matte BB cream that I've ever tried. Ideal for very oily to combination skin types, this works best if your makeup tends to sweat off during the day. The BB cream is not like most since it's very mattifying, you can even skip out on powder since it dries down to a very oil-free finish.
For the price this is the perfect go-to daily wear BB cream. The shades Fair and Light are suitable for NC15-NC20 skin tones. If you're in the medium shade range, these might be a little light for you which I always end up mixing a darker foundation to get the right match.
Since my skin is on the combination side, I tried this with the Matt Primer and my skin was MATTE as ever. A few other times I used my normal sunscreen with a little moisturizer and the BB cream dried down to a nice finish which look great for a few hours but did need touch ups throughout the day.
White Perfection Matt Primer Description: This oil free formula dries to a perfect matte finish, reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines providing a soft focus effect. Its lightweight velvety texture applies smoothly and evenly, and brightening agents provide instant whitening and fresh looking skin all day long.
Most primers are made using silicone to fill in pores and smooth any textures, while those are great for smoothing the skin it doesn't help keep oil at bay for long. This primer however has a smooth and ultra-matte finish that provides a base for any foundation.
When I first applied it, I ended up using too much and since it's a white primer it does leave a slight tint on the skin. When using a small amount, the tint gets covered by foundation. Using the right foundation formula is very tricky on top of certain primers, most can end up breaking foundation apart on the skin so it's good to do a test with your favorite foundation before using it.
For my combination skin type, I prefer to use this on my most oil-prone areas like my nose. It kept oil at bay for a very long time before any touch up. Price: 950Rs.
White Perfection Face Powder
White perfection is a revolutionary lightweight powder compact with skin brightening ingredients. Long wearing, water resistant and waterproof formula keeps the face shine free whereas anti-oxidant action protects skin throughout the day.
Definitely my favorite from the range! If you've tried Color Studio's pressed face powders before...you'd know that they make your foundation budge proof through sweat and oil. With the White Perfection powder it give a light coverage while mattifying the skin.
It has a similar formula to the Matt Perfection powder that comes in the black packaging, it mattified my skin really well and set my foundation and concealer for all day wear.
I highly recommend trying this powder out for daytime wear, when makeup tends to melt from higher temperature.
Overall, for the price these products are worth it for a daily makeup look for those struggling with oil and sweat. To purchase the White Perfection range, order on their website or through Guilt Hub.
There is nothing worst than dehydration during the scorching hot summer season. Thus comes NESTLÉ PURE LIFE, Pakistan’s favorite bottled water!
The Healthy Hydration Meet launched the new brand identity, TVC and bottle with Khalid Malik hosting the event. The night was full of fun filled activities for all the guests. The new slogan ‘BehtarMustaqbilAaj Se’ is aimed towards further championing the cause of pure water for healthier generations.
This summer season, don't forget to stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and watch all your health issue fade away.
Sometimes the only way to really relax and practice a little self-care is with a day spent at the spa. I honestly feel it's must nowadays with a busy lifestyle. With SOO much going on be it work, home, chores or trying to keep a social life...taking a break from it all at a spa really centers you.
So I was graciously invited at Rejuve by Aliya Farooq, located on Tipu Sultan road which is amazing! Since I live so far from defense and clifton, it's the perfect location. I was nothing short of excited to spend the day with a few of my blogger babes.
The menu for the day included quite a few services to try out! The services I went for was the Candle Body Wax Massage, Guinot Face Gloss and a Pedicure.
While all of the services were amazing, I HIGHLY recommend the candle wax massage. The experience was like no other. The hot candle wax oil really helped the soothe my tired muscles and the aroma alone was relaxing. I really want to visit again because it was that amazing!
The staff and event was absolutely amazing. The catering was done by Le Saint Honoré Pâtisserie, which their French pastries were DIVINE!
If you're looking for a pick-me-up at a relax, chill spot I would recommend visiting Rejuve. There's plenty of different services worth checking out! Visit their Facebook Page for more details.
A few weeks ago I along with other bloggers and journalists were invited to a cozy launch of the newest skincare brand in Pakistan...Whimsy Beauty! The launch was held at Mizka's Studio to demo the range and give some much needed guidance on facial oils. The brand was founded by Maliha Rao and is being sold at Mizka's Studio and online at Just4Girls.pk.
The range includes customized couture facial oils that is curated specifically for your skin type. Personally I have been loving using the Sonrisa oil. The oil is like NO OTHER that I've tried, it soften and smoothed my skin after the first use.
If chaos consumes your day to day life, having a moment of Zen is hard to come by. I can safely say I've found my place to find a moment of peace and tranquility. From blissful massages, manicure/pedicures, organic facials, yoga, aerobics, kick-boxing and more you can find at Karachi Ladies Club!
Founded by the ever graceful Nissa who graciously invited me to spend a day at for a little tour of the place and a review of a few services. The club has it all! The best part if that you can pretty much spend an entire day there from 8:30am till 11pm with the back to back classes.
Massage + Facial Services
Aloe Vera Hydrating Facial A 45 minute blissful facial using all organic and disposable products (sponges and headband). It’s a 5 step facial from makeup removing, aloe vera cleansing, scrub with rice atta, honey mask and SPF moisturizer application. I highly recommend Naseema who did my facial and massage. She did an amazing job at hitting all pressure points on the face.
Express Body Massage The 30 minute massage was absolutely relaxing. It definitely took away all the stress especially with the calming atmosphere of the rooms. I know I’m going to go back often for the massage. The entire room and aroma for the massage took me to another level of ZEN.
I hope I inspired you guys to check out the place! The best part about their massages and facials is that the cost is really reasonable compared to other spas and salons. Although Karachi Ladies Club is a wellness/holistic space, I absolutely enjoyed my time and I'm sure you will too :)
Not gonna lie, ever since the Stila glitters have boomed on the scene I've been wanting to collect them all. Since they cost $25 each, my wallet said NOPE. So here's a local alternative at just 250rs these Rivaj Glitter Eyeliners are some of the prettiest glitters I've used since ever.
Some of the shades have large glitters while others have a color base, perfect as a eyeshadow topper.
The only downside to these is the lack of longevity, since one of the main ingredient is water AND glycerin the glitter can easily be wiped away with just a tissue...no makeup remover required. If you're planning to wear these for 3-4 hours you're good, just use a tacky base or a glitter glue if you want to wear these all day!
Overall these are amazing to use to brighten any makeup look! It doesn't flake off or look chunky when applied all over the lid. It looks beautiful with any makeup look! Do NOT skip out on these!
With the start of 2018, even though we can mentally think of it as a clean slate we can use it to its advantage to reflect on what we need to improve on as time goes on.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized one thing...how wasteful my spending habits have become. Now don’t get me wrong I’m responsible when it comes to my bills and home expenses but when it comes to treating myself to nice clothes, makeup and dining out I’ve realized 2018 has to be the year to change where my money goes.
I’ve decided that this year is when I save month to month and analyze strictly where I spend my money. Here are a few tips I want to continue with through 2018 to help change my spending habits.
Lipsticks at MAC Dubai- Sale does not mean you're saving!
Track Your Monthly Budget!
One habit that I’ve kept up with is using an app to track my expenses. If you’re on IOS the Expense app is so easy to use. I enter every single purchase and income to track how I’m doing in the month.
I want to utilize this even further by strictly not spending on frivolous things like a lipstick or a random shirt from the mall, keep a set amount on what you need and not give into temptation.
Keep A Separate Savings Account And Don’t Touch It!
When all your money is lumped into one account, it’s easier to just spend it since you’ve saved it. Think of it this way, it’s taken you how many months or years to save up and you’ll just mindlessly spend it on a shopping spree?
Keeping a separate bank account and only keep your debit card to that account. Leave your saving account ALONE!
Sale Does Not Mean You’re Saving!
For me makeup and clothes are my weakness. That too when I discover a SALE! I mindlessly go through shopping sites if I see a sale and end up buying one item or the other only because of the sale.
The best way to really save from a sale is if you actually have wanted the item for months. If it’s a skincare you’re running out of that you’ll purchase anyways or an eyeliner you love. Do NOT buy just because it’s discounted. It’s a trap!!
Learn To Love What You Have
Material things have really become a huge part of our lives. We always want more and new. The clutter adds up eventually. For 2018 I want to really LOVE what I own and make use out of all the makeup I own and use it until I’ve 80% finished it. Makeup does go bad and it’s a waste to not love what you own.
So these are a couple of my tips to help save more money this year and focus on the BIGGER picture! Hope it was helpful <3 Share your favorite money saving tips with me!
Pixi Beauty has been one brand I’ve been tempted to try out for ages. When it comes to skincare, it’s difficult to find affordable products that actually work on the skin. Unfortunately my overall experience with Pixi wasn’t the best.
I picked out these 4 products based on online reviews and most of them have done nothing to my skin! I purchased these in July and have been using these regularly since then. Let's review these!
The most coveted product from the range, everyone and their mom raves about this product. I’m not sure what it is but I didn’t notice any change to my skin after using this consistently for a few weeks. I’ve read it takes about 2 weeks to notice any change but that wasn’t the case for me. The toner is great to removing excess dirt, it doesn’t lightly exfoliate as other toners I’m use to. It does contain Glycolic Acid so I’m still going to use this until I finish it up.
Glow Oxygen Mask
I mentioned this product in my fails of 2017, this has to be the worst mask I have ever tried. It’s a bubble mask that is supposed to bubble once applied on the skin. But does it do that? NOPE! When I apply it with my finger it doesn’t bubble at all and just sits there like soap. When I apply it with a brush it does bubble up but not enough to make a difference on the skin. A strong pass on this!
H2O Skin Drink
As I’ve gotten older my skin isn’t the same anymore, there’s more dryness and patched around certain areas so I wanted to get this to wear before applying any foundation. It has a gel/silicone texture which works well as a primer for makeup. I wouldn’t say this intensely hydrates my skin but it’s an OKAY product. It’s not a must have in any case.
Overnight Glow Serum
I was looking for a night serum to help with dryness, this is literally just Aloe Vera. It has a very tacky texture just like aloe vera and it doesn’t SINK into the skin at all. It doesn’t leave the skin smooth in the morning, I always wake up with tacky, dry skin in the morning after using this. I used this consistently and didn’t notice any change.
Flawless Beauty Primer It's funny how a freebie ends up being a favorite from my haul lol! This is a very pretty glowly primer! It as a slight pink tint that brightens up the complexion. It applies beautifully and primes the skin really nicely with any foundation. I will definitely get a full size of this once I run out.
Mac Strobe Cream, Loreal Magic Lumi, Pixi Primer
Overall I’m so disappointed in the products I purchased from Pixi. What are your favorites from the brand?
It’s the end of the year! Which means it’s time to reflect on all the money I spent on makeup and skincare. I definitely found some gems that I purchased however these products are some that didn't work for me, even with all the hype!
Pixie Glow Oxygen Mask
This year I bought a few pixie skincare products. This however was such a fail! This bubble mask does absolutely nothing for my skin. It barely bubbles and feels like a shower gel on the skin and it leaves behind a residue. This is a major no and a complete waste of money!
The Body Shop Hand Cream
I never go for The Body Shop products, usually when things go on sale I’ll see if I find something worth picking up. I wanted a good hand cream and heard amazing reviews about TBS line, this however was not hydrating enough. It smells amazing but my hands always feel dry after. Not recommended at all.
ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter – Lunch Money
It was the year of highlights and this one was so hyped! So many YouTube gurus mentioned this as their favorite but I can not figure out how to blend this on top of foundation. It looks patchy and not at all glowy. It’s just not enough glow!!
MAC Strobe Cream
Before I tried the Strobe Cream I had been using the Loreal Magic Lumi which I love! It’s very lightweight and glowy on the skin however the Mac Strobe Cream is so thick and feels heavy. I'm not sure if this one in particular is expired but it even has a strong off-putting scent. The consistency I don’t like at all and it doesn’t give a glow so I prefer going with the Lumi.
OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks
Lastly, Ofra was a brand I discovered and bought during their sale so the Vintage Vineyard collection were at a very discounted rate. The formula is not at all long wearing and fades so easily. The colors are pretty but formula wise I prefer something to set on the lips to a flat matte finish. This has a more creamy consistency which will work for drier lips but I hardly reach for these since I know I’ll have to touch up in 2 hours if I do wear them. I hardly reach for these in my collection!